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December 23, 2022 - Strong Wind

High wind gusts accompanied a strong low pressure system on December 23rd and continue into December 24th. Measured wind gusts across northern WV ranged between 40 to 50mph, sustain winds exceed 30mph. Isolated power outages occurred.

May 26, 2021 - Thunderstorm Wind

A tree and power lines were reported to be blown down.

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November 15, 2020 - Thunderstorm Wind

Multiple reports of tree and power line damage were received from across the county.

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August 25, 2020 - Thunderstorm Wind

Trees and power lines were reported down in the area of Wadestown.

Wadestown - Wadestown
February 24, 2019 - High Wind

The Monongalia DOT reported that a tree was blown down on Cheat Road before the Ices Ferry Bridge. Widespread power outages were also reported south of I-68 by county 911 officials.



January 16, 2022

In the early morning hours of Sunday, January 16th, a powerful polar front jet dug a deep trough into the Middle Mississippi Valley and into the lower Appalachian Range. Here some phasing occurred with the southern subtropical jet providing ample moisture into the developing system. The surface low then deepened as it tracked northeast along the eastern side of the Appalachian Range. As the system strengthened and lifted north, the northern fringe of precipitation began over the Pittsburgh area by 4 PM. As the system intensified, the deformation banded heavy snowfall set up along the PA/OH border northeast into the northern PA counties, and west into OH. Here is where the heaviest snow fell with some locations getting more than a foot of snow. An area of mid and upper level drying set up at the foothills of the Laurel Ridges into Fayette, Westmoreland, Greene, Washington, Marion, and Monongalia Counties. Here is where the dry slot set up cutting into the snowfall amounts ranging from 3 to 6 inches due to periods of sleet and freezing rain. This feature impacted the counties west of I-79 as well, but the mid level drying eventually shifted east shortly after midnight on the 17th as heavier snowfall developed back over the western PA counties. The snow continued into Monday afternoon before dissipating in the lower elevations. Some topographic enhancement led to prolonged snowfall in the higher elevations of Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia into Monday evening, leading to storm totals of up to two feet in the higher elevations of eastern Tucker County. A period of blizzard conditions was also observed in this location during the morning and early afternoon hours of January 17th.

November 15, 2020

A shortwave trough axis lifted quickly across the Great Lakes and the Upper Ohio Valley on November 15th, taking on a negative tilt as it did so. Deepening surface low pressure tracked across Michigan and into Ontario during the day, whipping a cold front across the region during the late morning and early afternoon. Some of the classic ingredients for a widespread wind event were present, including a negatively- tilted trough, jet positioning over the region, and a favorable Great Lakes surface low track. Strong post-frontal 3 hour pressure rises of 5-7 mb were observed, and a low-topped mostly lightning-free convective line accompanied the boundary. Widespread wind gusts of at least 45-55 MPH were observed, with several higher measured gusts seen. Along the convective line, gusts of 55-65 MPH likely occurred. This resulted in widespread reports of wind damage to trees and power lines, with a few instances of mostly minor structural damage.

August 25, 2020

The latest shortwave in a series of such disturbances passed across the region during the afternoon of August 25th. The Storm Prediction Center painted the Upper Ohio Valley with a risk for scattered severe storms. The storms began to develop in the lee of Lake Erie around midday. The storms were able to take advantage of a frontal boundary sagging towards I-70. Shear and increasing instability favored multicells and short bowing segments initially. Activity was eventually able to congeal into a linear MCS as it crossed the Mason-Dixon Line during the evening hours.||Damage in northern West Virginia was mainly limited to trees and power lines from the thunderstorm wind, although one instance of roof damage was reported. Also, an instance of large hail was observed in Preston County.

February 24, 2019

Strong low pressure lifted from the central Plains on the morning of the 23rd into the western Great Lakes by the 24th. A cold front then rushed across the region during the late morning/early afternoon hours of the 24th. Some rain showers accompanied the front, but the main story was the prolonged period of damaging wind gusts that followed the frontal passage. A very tight pressure gradient, 3 hour pressure rises on the order of 7-8 mb/hr, and deep mixing of up to 700 mb allowed for the efficient downward transport of strong wind aloft. The result was an extended period of 40-60 MPH wind gusts across the region. Several reports of peak gusts of 60 MPH or greater were received, ||The highest recorded gust was 74 MPH at a mesonet sensor east of Canaan Heights in Tucker County, WV. A number of peak wind gusts in excess of 60 MPH were observed as well. There were widespread reports of downed trees, power lines, and structural damage across the entire region, with some examples noted in the county entries. Thankfully, no injuries were reported from wind effects.||Power outages were widespread as well. A peak of 91,000 outages were recorded in West Virginia on the night of the 24th. Full restoration took multiple days due to the extent of damage and the initially unsafe working conditions due to the ongoing wind.

June 29, 2012

An anomalously strong ridge centered across the Southeast brought record heat to the Upper Ohio Valley with the area in a zonal flow on the northern edge of the ridge. A weak frontal boundary extended from northern Indiana into western Pennsylvania. Abundant moisture (1.75-2.00 PWAT), strong instability (SBCAPE 4000-5000 J/kg), moderate shear (40kts 0-6km), and a short wave just south of the boundary provided the ingredients for a long-tracked mesoscale convective system, classified by the Storm Prediction Center as a derecho, to track all the way from northern Indiana across eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania, northern WV, and western Maryland. As the MCS crossed the area, widespread wind damage was reported across areas primarily south and west of Pittsburgh. There were several reports of structural damage and damage led to a fatality when a barn collapsed in Muskingum county. Power outages were widespread with up to 130,000 outages reported immediately after the storms passage, most of which, were in Ohio. Muskingum and Guernsey counties sustained $712,000 and $500,000 in damages respectively. This also became on of the the costliest disasters to hit Ohio, right behind Hurricane Ike in 2008. Across West Virginia, the following was the preliminary damage for public assistance only: Marion $171,000, Marshall $138,000, Monongalia $57,000, Preston $123,000, Tucker $52,000, Wetzel $286,000.


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Oct 13, 2022

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Oct 11, 2022

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No power in South Park

Lindsay | May 01, 2022  

Power out since 9:00 pm 2/17/22. Still out at 7:00 am 2/18/22. Old Stewartstown Rd area

Susan | February 18, 2022  

Power out on Weaver Street, no help from Mon Power either on length of outage, no call back offer...what's going on?

Janet | February 18, 2022  

any one else ?? affected???

Betty | January 16, 2022  

no power on windsor ave

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Morgantown, West Virginia

City Morgantown
County Monongalia
State West Virginia (WV)
Country United States
Zip Codes 26501, 26502, 26504, 26505, 26506, 26507, 26508

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